Life has it’s moments and at the moment I’m out of action with two fractured bones in my left hand .. which unfortunately also happens to be my dominant hand 😕. Crochet, typing, and basically anything you use your hands for has become a challenge. That’s not to say that I’m not up for a challenge, but it certainly takes the 🔆 out of the day.
We had been away for a week down south in Albany and we’d had a great time just chilling out, sampling some delicious food, ice cream, cheese, cider and toffees from the region and enjoying revisiting some of the local attractions including Jimmy Newell’s Harbour, The Gap and the Natural Bridge. Gordon spent his early life in Albany and then we lived there for three years in the 1970s, so each year we have our yearly “Albany Fix” as we call it.
Another special attraction this year in Albany is the Field of Light: Avenue of Honour by Bruce Munro and it’s installed the length of the Avenue of Honour that leads up to the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial. The installation is to mark the end of the Great War and the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918. My camera really couldn’t do justice to the installation but this is what I managed to get …
The end of our trip was to be a fund raising ride/drive with an Albany group of big bike and old car enthusiasts and would go from Albany to Bridgetown and return over the weekend except we would be returning back home rather than going back to Albany. We were in our Morris Minor van with the camper trailer on the back, so a bit of a challenge keeping up with the big bikes and the V8s. The start of the run on the Saturday morning was from Albany out to Alkoomi Wines in the Frankand River wine region. This was our stop for morning tea and the winery provided free tea and coffee to accompany the muffins that had been baked for us by the supporters of Hawthorn House, the Alzheimer’s Respite Centre in Albany that we were raising funds for.
From Alkoomi we were on back roads that were perfect for bikes but sometimes a bit of a challenge for our little beast. I think Gordon’s cartoon perfectly describes the last section of the road into Bridgetown 😲. I am not kidding you, the hills and bends were very challenging and the poor Green Hornet (that’s the car’s name 🙂) was constantly in first and second gear. Our fuel consumption was atrocious and we had to stop to put more in.
Finally arrived for lunch at The Cidery, which was very nice. A walk down town and afternoon tea a bit later and then out to Sunnyhurst Chalets, our overnight accommodation.
That’s when the weekend fell apart due to my clumsiness. The beds in the chalets had doonas on them, but the sheets were neatly folded alongside the bed ready to for us to make the bed up. I knew making the bed would aggravate Gordon’s back so I sent him out to the car to get our bags and I was going to make the bed. Folded the doona, picked it up, turned and walked towards a chair and next thing I’m on the ground, having caught my toe in a bit of the doona that I hadn’t fold up quite right! As I fell I hit my hand against the edge of the cupboard … OUCH!!!!! I actually thought (hoped!) that I’d just bruised it as at that stage I could bend my fingers but the pain was excruciating! Gordon got ice out of the freezer and I sat for about half an hour hoping that it would improve … but no, it just got worse and in the end we went off to the local hospital where, after an x-ray, I was told I had broken the two bones in my hand connected to the little and ring fingers. So splint made up, hand bandaged and Panadol and Neurofen swallowed.
Despite all of the above, we did have lovely weekend. With the entry fees ($100 per vehicle), outside donations and the $4,500 raised at the Saturday night auction (all items had been donated by local Albany businesses), the group raised more than $7,500 for Hawthorn House, a non-profit organisation that doesn’t receive any government funding.
A great bunch of people with big hearts. We have been been fortunate to be a part of this Raiser Ride for two consecutive years and all things going to plan we will join them again after next year’s “Abany Fix”.
So, that’s why I’ve been “missing in action” … and that’s it for now as two finger typing is quite exhausting (and painful).
Hoping this finds you hale and hearty and with no broken bones 😜
Wishing you sunshine and happiness 😎😍